Opening the Ancient World – A Virtual Conference

Sunday, August 15 12AM  – Monday, August 16, 12PM

As part of SASA’s mission, we aim to reimagine the scholarly community as one inclusive of people of all backgrounds and all current occupations. Therefore, we created this conference to provide a platform for the scholarship of those who normally lack access to scholarly forums and to engage the public in academic scholarship.

The conference is titled “Opening the Ancient World: Religion, History, and Culture” and focuses on the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East. It features nineteen scholars and researchers from all over the world who conduct their research outside the academic world, yet persevere in their excellent research. Additionally, on each day we will host a Roundtable discussion intended as forums for those who are interested in proactively developing real solutions to current problems in Ancient Studies. We are also happy to announce four Keynote speakers: Saber Parian, Dr. Moudhy al-Rashid, Dr. Heba abd el-Gawad, and Dr. Mark Smith.

Please note the conference will be free and publicly live-streamed at, as well as on SASA’s and Digital Hammurabi’s social media platforms, with questions open to the public via text chat. The two Roundtable sessions will be live-streamed, though only participants in the Zoom meeting will be able to engage in the discussion, therefore pre-registration to the Roundtables is necessary to participate.